Travelling to and around New Zealand is easy and with our essential information you’ll have everything you need to help plan your visit.
Travel to New Zealand following Christchurch attack
Following the events in Christchurch on 15 March, 2019, people considering travel to New Zealand for business, education or a holiday are currently being advised to seek travel advice from their own government.
New Zealand’s threat level has for the first time been lifted to high which results in a number of actions to keep people safe.
Flights are operating as normal to and from Christchurch, but additional security screening measures are in place. It is recommended that visitors arrive early to check in for their flights.
All Christchurch visitor attractions, cafés and restaurants and public spaces are open.
Airlines and Travel
A trip to New Zealand is easier than ever, thanks to increased access. Nine airlines currently cross the Tasman, with direct flights linking New Zealand to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.
New Zealand’s main gateway, Auckland International Airport, is only three hours from the eastern seaboard of Australia - less time than it takes to travel to Australia’s west coast. Christchurch, Wellington, Queenstown and Dunedin airports also offer direct flights to and from Australia.
Discover more information about flights and travelling to New Zealand.
New Zealand has a national biosecurity system that is considered one of the most robust in the world. Visit Arriving
in New Zealand for more information.
Climate and Weather
The far north of New Zealand is subtropical whilst the south is more temperate. The warmest months are traditionally December, January and February, and the coolest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum daytime temperatures range between 20–30°C and in winter between 10–15°C.
Tiaki - Care for New Zealand
Tiaki means to care for people and place. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations. New Zealand is precious, and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it.
We welcome all who come here to embrace our Tiaki New Zealand promise to guard, protect and preserve our home.
Learn more about the Tiaki Promise, and how to care for New Zealand here.
New Zealand’s Goods and Services Tax (GST)
Goods and services tax (GST) is New Zealand’s consumption tax. It is a 15% tax added to the price of most goods and services supplied in New Zealand, including most imported goods and services. The GST rules for businesses that are not New Zealand residents for GST purposes (non-resident businesses) depend on the circumstances of the business.
For more information on GST, please visit Inland Revenue.
Passport and Visas
When you arrive, you’ll need to ensure your passport is valid for at least three months beyond your intended departure date, and if required, have a valid New Zealand visa.
You do not need a visa to visit New Zealand if you are:
- A New Zealand or Australian citizen or resident, or
- A UK citizen and/or passport holder (you can stay up to six months), or
- A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months)
If you don’t meet the criteria above, then you will need to apply for a Visitor Visa
People and Culture
New Zealand's Māori culture is an integral part of Kiwi life and adds a unique, dynamic experience for visitors. Discover more
about why New Zealand's friendly and down-to-earth people will be one of the things you treasure most about your visit.
To make the most of your visit to New Zealand, you need to know the basic facts. Learn about the history of New Zealand, our weather and climate, and read visitor information to help you plan your visit: newzealand.com/int/facts